It was an action-packed Football January and the Premier League club ranking on the pitch differs from club performance in the Club Social Twitter rankings.

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Twitter is the natural home for football fans to express themselves in a public arena and represents the nearest we have at the moment to the football terraces.

By February 1 temperatures are rising on Twitter where change is more localised to football. As transfer deadline day comes and goes it leaves upset and joy around player departures and arrivals.

Aston Villa’s entire team was taken out by the Coronavirus and a plucky team of academy recruits turned out to face Liverpool. The result was not favourable to the youngsters but the impact on social and traditional media was powerful.

Manchester United were prolific from January 1 and shortform video portraying a physical camaraderie among players, was met with horror by some of the more socially-distanced-minded members of the Twitter community.

Still with United, there was some quality fan banter around the arrival of Amad Diallo which shines a light on the dynamism, intellect and creativity of football fan engagement.

Sheffield United reached #2 in the Top 25 with a single emoji attracting the wrath of Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United and Leeds fans.

The #1 slot is reserved for outgoing assist king, Mesut Özil, with Arsenal showing thanks and goodwill as he leaves to join Fenerbahce. However, there is an unexpected sting in the tale.